Torbjørn Anderssen and Espen Voll were born respectively in Elverum, 1976 and in Trondheim, 1965. They both come from creative backgrounds: Torbjørn is the son of a musician and a teacher, and Espen the son of a ceramist and an architect.
After graduating from the “Bergen Academy of Art and Design” and the “Oslo National Academy of Art”, they went on to cofound the design group Norway Says in 2000. Norway Says were forerunners in a growing international orientation amongst Norwegian designers – at the same time drawing international interest to Norway’s emerging young design scene.
Norway Says had two particular crowning moments, with the “Söderbergs Award” in 2007, and a 10-year retrospective exhibition at the “National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design” in Oslo in 2009.
Anderssen & Voll was set up in 2009. Their work spans from textile design through tableware, lighting and furniture to electronics for some of Europe’s most renowned international brands.
They have been absolute key in proposing what is known as “New Nordic”, through their contributions for companies including Muuto, Kvadrat, Erik Jørgensen, Wrong for Hay, Jøtul, Røros Tweed and LK Hjelle. Their work also resonates well with Italian brands such as Magis, Foscarini and Lapalma.
Working with the strongly contrasting industrial cultures to be found in the the mountains of Norway and in the Venetian plains is a continous source of inspiration, as are the liberating possibilities of large-scale industrial thinking.
Torbjørn Anderssen teaches at the “Bergen Academy of Art and Design”.